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Busy Weekend for Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff’s Office Report Busy Weekend

To say it was a busy weekend for the White County Sheriff’s Department might be an understatement as White County Sheriff Doug Maier released six incident reports covering Friday through Sunday evening.


The reports started Thursday, May 2, just before 7 p.m., when Deputy George Spencer responded to a report of a four wheeler in a creek, just off County Road 700 East, in the Norris City area.

The report indicated Ronald Ellision of 732 County Road 250 North, Norris City, reported finding the four wheeler on its top in the creek. Reports indicated a white Chevrolet pickup had been seen in the area, but it was not clear if the four wheeler was dumped from the truck or the occupants were just looking at the four-wheeler, which could have already been there. The ATV was lifted from the creek by a tractor and then towed from the scene by S & E Towing.

Friday morning, Sheriff Maier reported picking up Shawn M. Garrett, 37, of Jamestown, New York, on an outstanding warrant. Maier picked Garrett up in Fort Smith, Arkansas on a White County warrant for theft and possession of stolen property. Garret was returned to the City County jail where he is being held on a $5,000 bail.

The sheriff also picked up Crockett A. Wade, 47 of Carmi in Nashville, Tenn on a White County warrant for failure to appear charge of battery on a police officer. Wade had been held in Nashville on the White County warrant. He had been a fugitive since January of last year. He had been sentenced to 18 years in prison. He was transferred from the White County jail to the Department of Corrections.

Friday night, shortly after 9, authorities responded to a Burnt Prairie residence after David D. Berry, 84, reported someone broke into his house, taking about $400 worth of cash. The intruder was described as a 6 foot white male, muscular in build, who told Berry, he was a gang member, a marine and had killed people. Berry sustained minor injuries in the incident.

The sherriff’s deparment contacted Illinois state police who responded with a crime scene technician. The incident remains under investigation.

Earlier Friday, Stanley L. Griffin, 35 of Crossville was arrested for driving while license suspended or revoked. Griffin also had two outstanding warrants; one for failure to appear on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge; the second, felony driving while license revoked and criminal trespass to real property. He was also charged with driving while license revoked. The bond total was over $2,200..

Griffin’s car was searched and then towed from the scene by S & E Towing.


Sunday afternoon, just before 5, authorities arrested Sheena N. Garrett, 31 of Crossville for driving on a revoked or suspended license, and illegal transportation of alcohol.

According to the incident report, Garrett was stopped by the deputy who knew she was driving on a revoked license. A search of the vehicle revealed an open bottle of alcohol.

Following the search of the vehicle, authorities had the car towed from the scene by S & E Towing of Carmi.